Treasure Island

James Casey

(11June 1940 / Binghamton, New York)

The Day American Innocence Died


The Day American Innocence Died

This parade wandered aimlessly through city streets
People watch and strain to see the man they came to greet
All were in awe of him, some even cried
The day American innocence died

T'was an open chariot he rode in that day
He'd done it before and was well on his way
He sat in the back his wife at his side
The day American innocence died

He smiled broadly as he waved to the croud
Then a shot rang out, oh so very loud
The man slumped forward, nowhere to hide
The day American innocence died

They rushed him away to a hospital sure
There they announced there was'nt a cure
For this day would change all Worldwide
The day American Innocence died


John Fitzgearld Kennedy
May 29/1917 - November 22/ 1962

James Casey

Submitted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Edited: Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Something on the news this AM brought back memories of that fateful day and I realized it was the end of our Innocent America and the start of the mess we live in today

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  • Smoky Hoss (2/16/2013 4:17:00 PM)

    The peaceful, yet powerful way you have presented this tought is excellent. Beauty and pathos mixed so well, it truly draws the reader in, and makes the point of the title perfectly. What a great write James! (Report) Reply

  • Hardik Vaidya (2/15/2013 10:44:00 AM)

    James Casey what a master piece. I don't know how many Americans know, that America and her Politics and therefore her people are closely watched by world all over. Watched not as hawked but sought, almost dreamt. This is nothing new. The JFK assassination perhaps lives as a brutal memory in the minds of many Indians, despite India then being a Soviet Union stooge. Kennedy couple were perhaps the first martyrd couple in the history of modern Democrasy, after that many have paid the price. Back Home the young Rajeev and Sonia. (Report) Reply

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